Executive Program

Organizational Leadership

The disruptive challenges we face today have never been so broad-reaching, so relentless and so disorienting. From digital transformation, to economic and health upheaval, to social and environmental change, the need for true leadership, in a new world, has never been more urgent.

Inspiring business leaders are in greater demand than ever, but a perceived leadership gap has been recognized in the industry. Addressing the gap in leadership requires development offerings targeting core competencies at every stage of the professional journey.

We need leaders who can embrace complexity and ambiguity. Who will tackle the unsolvable. But being a leader in these times also demands empathy, compassion and understanding. Leaders who can energize the change weary. Who can tap into the power of all. And empower the collective genius we need to succeed.

Our 3-day Organizational Leadership course will empower aspiring leaders to manage contemporary challenges, build and lead teams to sustainable success. Learn from the Swiss experience in a global context.

This certificate course counts towards the Diploma in Advanced Management.

Course Information




2,950 CHF*


Option 1:

17 Nov – 19 Nov 2023

Option 2:

05 April – 07 April 2024



Dr Michael Gerlich is a  senior lecturer and researcher at SBS Swiss Business School. He is the author of the Handbook of Strategic Analysis and Corporate Foresight as well as multiple publications in leading journals.  As a leadership coach, he supported executives around the world to develop and master their leadership skills. He also teaches at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences and Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. His research focus is on Leadership & Change, Consumer Behavior as well as Elite Studies. During 25 years, he has worked as an adviser to the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, the Cabinet of Ministers in Uzbekistan and various Ministers for economic affairs in Azerbaijan, in addition to holding leading positions within the Industry. As a CEO, Dr Gerlich led in the FMCG food sector for more than 10 years international production and distribution organizations. 

Course Outline

Topic 1: Emotional Intelligence

  • Establishing self-awareness and self-management
  • Managing relationships within an organization
  • Building organizational awareness
  • Developing a team culture of emotional intelligence and psychological safety
  • Learning resilience

Topic 2: Coaching and Mentoring

  • Introduction of the principles, skills and impact of coaching and mentoring 
  • Establishing key coaching and mentoring relationships and skills
  • Support the development of individuals and teams
  • Developing skills in managing team dynamics, equality and diversity

 Topic 3: Leading Change

  • Understand different approaches to leading organizational change
  • Understand how to manage resistance to change
  • Understand how social and informal networks can help facilitate change
  • Understand the impact of cultural differences on leadership

 Topic 4: Situational Leadership

  • Understand the different alternative styles of management and leadership
  • Get clarity on the management mix and leadership approach
  • Understand the impact of over-supervision and under-supervision
  • Set the goals for the team members and align them with the goals of the organization
  • Understand how to set goals and evaluate the performance
  • Improve job satisfaction and the morale of the team

 Topic 5: Motivating employees

  • Understand the key motivators of human behavior
  • Acquire novel ideas on how to motivate employees beyond money
  • Understand the importance of designing motivating work, as well as how to redesign work so that it is more motivating.

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